Geo. Franks, Hatter

Authentically Recreated Historical Hats 1600 - 1872

December 2023

Happy December!

Gift idea...

Our Gift Certificates are great ideas for giving or for "From: Me, To: Me". You will receive by email A CERTIFICATE OF GIFT from Geo. Franks, Hatter. What could be better?

Remember, if you do not see a hat you are looking for, contact us. If you are not sure which hat is appropriate to your "impresssion", contact us. I have been recreating history since 1965! And making hats for myself, friends, fellow unit members - and others - for nearly as long.

As always, we hand craft authentic recreations of historical hats 1600 - 1872. Our hats are worn and show-cased by living historians, historical sites, museums, musicians, historical craftspeople, genealogical-focused organizations, theatrical companies, collectors, and others. Remember what you see on our website are our most popular hats styles. We hand craft many documented hats 1600 - 1872 not shown on the website. If you don not see what you want/need, contact us.

In response to your frequently asked questions...

  • Each hat is custom made to order.

  • Fur felt hats are nutria or rabbit fur. Beaver fur is available but costs considerably more. Inquire.

  • Measure your head around just above your ears and not too tight. If you have a hat that fits well, you can provide that hat size.

  • If you plan to wear a wig, measure over the wig or measure without and specify "plus room for a wig".

  • Every hat is hand sewn.

  • Every hat is round blocked to size.

  • We sell cockades too (we craft them).

  • We do not sell "hat blanks" or hat kits.

  • If you do not see what you want, write us. See contact information below. We try to respond within 24 hours.

  • We ship globally. The default shipping cost is continental USA. We do not charge the additional shipping cost until the hat is finished and ready to ship.

  • We no longer offer "machine sewn" hats. All hats (bindings, linings, trim, etc.) are 100% hand sewn.

NOTE: All prices will increase due to increased costs effective January 1, 2024.

As always, contact us with any other questions.

Thank you!


Geo. Franks


NOTE: Our hats are ALSO popular gifts for retirements, promotions, recognition, fund-raisers and other occasions and events.

Some order our hats to enhance their study, office, "man (or woman) room" or as part of their historical or eclectic decor.

Whatever your historical hat need, do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.


Geo. Franks, Hatter's hats are worn or on display at many of the premier historic sites and military museums in the USA - and internationally. 

Our customers are public historians, reenactors, Veterans, black powder shooters, SAR, collectors and others who appreciate authenticity and quality.

We look forward to delighting you as a new or repeat customer with the highest level of authenticity, quality and service - at a reasonable price.

We offer many styles not currently listed on our website. If you need a hat, contact us and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

- Contact us with ANY questions. We are here to help!

Please note: Hats take approximately a MINIMUM of 60-90 days payment to shipment. Expedites of less than 60 days are available for a surcharge. Let us know if you need your hat by a specific date. We will respond with a quote based on requested date and the price (hat, surcharge, shipping).

If you do have any questions, please contact us. We respond to all inquiries within 24 hours.

Thank you!

Your humble & obedient servant,

Geo. Franks


Contact us at:


phone: 301-379-0330